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pay the consequences

To face, accept, or suffer repercussions for one's actions or words, especially that which would be expected to incur punishment. (A less common version of "suffer the consequences.") After three nights of heavy drinking, I'm really going to be paying the consequences come Monday morning! With the judge handing down the maximum possible sentence, this monster will be paying the consequences for his crimes for the rest of his life.
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suffer the consequences

To experience negative repercussions for one's actions or words, especially those that one would expect to incur punishment. I told you not to try to sneak in, and now that you've been caught, you're just going to have to suffer the consequences. If we do nothing to curb this pollution, I guarantee we will suffer the consequences in the future.
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in consequence (of something)

as a result of something; because of something. In consequence of the storm, there was no electricity. The wind blew down the wires. In consequence, we had no electricity.
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face the consequences

to deal with the results of something you have said or done The law should force this man to face the consequences of running out on his family.
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suffer the consequences

to experience the effects of something you have said or done The witness decided to tell the truth and suffer the consequences.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form take the consequences: Sometimes we have to take the consequences for our beliefs.
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in consequence

As a result, therefore, as in She was away for years and in consequence has few friends here. The prepositional phrase in consequence of means "as a result of," as in In consequence of this finding, there is sure to be further investigation. [Late 1600s]
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of consequence

Important, as in For all matters of consequence we have to consult the board, or Only scientists of consequence have been invited to speak. This idiom was first recorded in 1489.
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in consequence

As a result; consequently.
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Another civil consequence that involves financial deprivation is the forfeiture of property.
In two experiments simulating choices suspects face in police interrogations, undergraduate subjects altered their behavior to confess to illegal activities in order to relieve short-term distress (the proximal consequence) while discounting potential long-term (distal) consequences.
In particular, he asks what conditions must be met in order for a sentence to be a logical consequence of others.
Reports of any consequence were more likely among females and sexually experienced students than among males and those who had never had intercourse.
The reason for this behavior is most often the lack of a proper behavioral consequence.
Mittlestaedt argues that serious accidents aren't the consequence of one thing but the result of a sequence of events: "in most cases it takes three, four, or five mistakes that must occur in sequence to create a serious failure.
MANY COMPLAIN THAT TV AND MOVIE VIOLENCE has become commonplace and coarse, but what I worry about is that too much of it has no cost or consequence.
It is precisely in the name of nature--it is known that the Protestant tradition and, in its wake, that of the Enlightenment mistrust this concept--that the Church raises her voice against the temptation to project persons and their destiny according to mere human plans, to strip them of individuality and, in consequence, of dignity.
These consequences, most of which attach to both felony and misdemeanor convictions, (7) can include ineligibility for federal welfare benefits, government-assisted housing, and jury service; various types of employment and employment-related licenses, and military service; as well as sex offender registration and voting disenfranchisement.
OBJECTIVE Students will understand: how drug abuse impairs one's thinking and behavior; what some of the consequences of impairment are; what the dangers of "drugged driving" are.
Substance use affects many areas of the brain and can cause adverse behavioral, psychological, and social consequences.
It follows that wider access to Plan B might lead teens to downplay the consequences of unsafe sex when considering the likelihood that it might lead to an unwanted pregnancy, which could in turn lead to a higher incidence of unsafe sex and STDs.
Therefore every decision which a person makes creates a new future and a set of virtually infinite consequences.
From Welfare to Workfare: The Unintended Consequences of Liberal Reform, 1945-1965.